Diabetes and Heart Disease

Heart disease and stroke are the number one cause of death among those with Type 2 Diabetes.

Yet, Type 2 Diabetes is considered by the American Heart Association to be one of the major controllable risk factors for heart disease!

When you have Type 2 Diabetes it increases your risks for heart disease because of the impacts it has on your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels.  In addition because many people with Type 2 Diabetes are also overweight and lack a workout program, they increase their chances of heart disease.

Type 2 Diabetes can cause your circulation to be poor and may increase the linings of the blood vessels.  This increases the likely hood your arteries having congestion of the arteries, which can lead to heart disease.

So how do you control your risk for heart disease if you already have Type 2 Diabetes?

First of all, you need to make sure you eat the right foods, work with a doctor or nutritionist to ensure you are getting the right foods to control your blood sugar levels.

Next be sure that you stay active, even if it is just taking a walk. Physical activity is very important in maintaining your health – for all diseases.  Try and aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day.

You may find that not only do you lose weight and control your heart disease risk, you end up feeling better than you ever have!

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